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money. stop trying to bust people smoking pot. it's got nothing to do with terrorism. do your job. tomorrow senator russ feingold, don't miss it. also don't miss "countdown," which is next. which of these stories will you be talking about? >> getting into issues of controversy. i'm not going there. >> of course i support the blunt amenityment. >> what has it got to do with the price of gas?
>> your detector is pretty sharp. you know that we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices. >> newt gingrich is not from new hampshire and pulling that elitist subway riders card againy. >> the american people drive cars and trucks. i know this is a shock to the present. it doesn't fit what they taught him. >> nice try sparky. worst yet he is speaking about the key stone x l pipeline. >> i think we should embrace it and develop a stake holder driven system of high standards for doing the work. >> wrong! more on murdochs. the brit yaich parlimentary
conduct. shear holders to jaim, get out. >> arizona simple showbiz sheriff goes from dressing prisoners in pink to selling birtherism. >> we believe probable cause exists indicating forgeriy and fraud may have been committed. >> and limbaugh doubles down. the law student who wants her catholic school insurance to cover part of her prescription birth control. >> whatta does is that make her? it makes her a slut, right? it makes her a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. >> so all women who don't pay wop hundred% of their birth control costs are prostitutes when at least 40 million women in this country use cont cention? and that doesn't count the ones using aspirin. all that and more now on count down. | [music] |
good evening from new york. this is thursday, march 1. the president's policy requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to women is on a party line vote. the story on the countdown republicans hope to embarrass the white house with the blunt-rubio planning, saying companies shouldn't be forceed to pay for service is they findi morale. the. >> if you are of a faith that believes something is absolutely wrong, as an employer why would you want to pay for that? >> perhaps because they could then decide their states don't pay to anyone named blunt.
barbara boxer making the same point. >> mr. blunt is giving insurance companies a way to say oh, we really feel sorry you have cancer and are really sad you have diabetes. we are really torn apart you might have a stroke, but you know what? we have a moral objection. >> blunts-rubio losing 51--48. voting with the democratic majority: with the republican minority: patty murray and chuck schumer explaining what the majority did and what should concern women in the fall election. >> we defeated an amendment that would have takenna away something women in this country have counted on for decades and that's the ability to make their own health care choices in the privacy of their homes.
>> the closeness of this vote show how high the stakes are for women this year. a republican-led senate might pass this bill. a republican president like mitt romney would definitely sign it. >> definitely, maybe. romney having trouble finding his bearings about this. >> remember what i said? i don't remember what i said. >> foundering much more seriously last night with a question from ohio network news. >> mark rubio is being debated later this week that deals with allowing employers to ban providing female cont cention. vutaken a position. >> i'm not for the bill, but the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions of cont cention in a situation between a man and woman husband and a wife, i'm not going there. >> he went there last night with an explanation:
>> he misunderstood a question specifically about blunt-rubio? even rick santorum wasn't buying that. >> when asked that question his knee jerk reaction was i can't be for that. and then after his consultantas talked to him and oh, i didn't understand the question. maybe he did maybe he didn't. >> he didn't want to maybe. the it is not a popular question: romney struggling with his tendency to put foot firmly in mouth including telling fans of the daytona 500 stock car race
they must have spent big bucks on the plastic rain coasts they wore and making it worse on fox news. >> i have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself. i didn't have a raincoat myself. i would have liked one of those. >> garbage in, garbage out. out to michigan dell gates that have been in rick santorum's column awarding them to romney that they were to to the winner in the over all vote count and a memo claiming otherwise was sent out incorrectly. the response: this is being shrugged off with: much to do about something the 5 million plus the president is
expected to raise in a series of new york city fundraisers. the obama campaign has spent 10 million more than the romney campaign. we'll follow that money in a moment. for more on the politics of today's vote and the responses i'm joined by the washington bureauy chief of the -- bureauy chief of the huffington post. did they get what they want any way? the polling numbers show 63% support is for the president's policy. what did the republicans want? >> they got this over with for now and that's probably one of the things they wanted. they are torn here between a base pushing them in one direction and the rest of the country that wonders why we are having a national conversation about birth control pills. it doesn't is make sense.
that they can move past it, they are probably happy. if they think they can move past it long-term, they have another thing coming. >> and there has been blow back, material blow back tying these stories together. democrats in the house say the fallout from this one blunt amendment. is the gop likely to not do it again before the election? it seems not to be just a political winner but a financial snowfall for the democrats. >> i don't think they can help themselves. as soon as this issue becomes one people are talking about you have is people like san torum who just jump out there and drive the conversation forward. it's a disaster for them with women. a number of women that aren't that political have watched this over the last couple of months
and just wondering what the heck is going on. now they are passionate about politics. it would have been better off for republican fist they had stayed apolitical. >> a tipping point over the susan g. komen planned parent hood thing. about romney, are we to take his explanation seriously. the correspondent started by saying blunt-rubio and now he thought it was a local law? >> what it does tell you is mitt romney just isn't ha into social issues. you can tell that by following him on the campaign trail. this is one more indication of that. santorum you can tell this riles him up. he really cares about what other people do. romney, not so much.
>> can santorum make enough out of this to have an impact on super tuesday and make an issue out of taking everyone's cont cention away? >> this drives exactly at mitt's weakest spot, that he has no conviction and is a flip-on flopper. to flip and flop in a matter of five or eight minutes just gives you whiplash. not only did he take the wrong position because for half of the voters high took the wrong position because he took both positions. he also showed himself not to have is conviction or not to know that blunt and rubio are senators. one way or another it doesn't work out for him and you have a bunch of southern states coming up on super tuesday. santorum feels he hassa a chance. you know, he certainly isn't helping himself. >> you can always ask the reporter to clarify the question a trick we learned.
>> i'm not for the bill. that's pretty clear statement. >> do you know anything about the michigan gop and the two at large delegates. even for a primary campaign for santorum's campaign to see romney's campaign would try to rig the election is a strong statement. >> it doesn't look good. the state chairman said we are going to do this proportionately and the party voteed to give the two delegates to romney instead and said they sent the memo out by accident and the state partiyy person is a romney supporter. maybe there is nothing here. it doesn't look good. the perception that the establishment is trying to rig this for romney is extreeply dangerous -- emtremely dangerous. the tea party doesn't always need evidence before it moves forward with a conclusion.
if it decides the establishment is riging rigging this for romney that is trouble. >> big supply of romney rakes. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> i'm joined by joe williams, a white house reporter from politico. >> obama has spent more than 10 million, is that the power of incumbency or what explains that number? >> there are two things at work. the big picture is it takes a lot of money to fight a culture war. you have a president here who is trying to plant his stake in the ground answer the attacks going unanswered until now and hold his base together. you saw that rally in dc with
the auto workers. he is doing it to define himself before the republicans are managing to define him for him. two thing its does, it puts pressure on mitt romney because we have had a report that his rate is pretty far along and it forces him to raise more money. you saw him at the end of it is victory speech where he is talking about courting small donors. get out in front of the issues and your opponent and force them to raise more money and show you are the big dog on the block still, that you have a lot of cards to play with. >> the burn rate is important. is he nearing any kind of financial problem if he gets out of the primary and into the general election or is money never anaissue if you are a double centy millionaire and have your wallet with you? >> certainly this is a problem
for romney in perception if nothing else. we haven't talked about the super pac money yet at his fingertips. but to look ata the fact he has had to spend so much money to get a virtual handful of delegates and still have a three or four month process to go, it doesn't bespeak winner or front runner who is clearly establishing himself. >> i mentioned his own wallet, he lent millions to his own campaign. any indication he has had to or will. >> he may have is to clean up the rakes on his lawn. if he needs to go there, he will. we won't hear about it for a while. there is mow -- no indication he needs to yet because he is still flush at the moment. with the winning our future
money -- sore, that's gingrich's pac, his own super pac money. out there there and a card he can play. >> the help romney avoid is rakes. >> i have this image of sideshow bob. >> that's where i stole from. you have to know where to steal from. let me take you back to the president and the strange juxposition with the seemingly large amounts of money and the fund-raising in 2008, the small donors. this was part of the thing the change. are they showing up or irrelevant? >> in april may weren't showing up so much. as we get into the culture war and turning the corner toward the general election and the democratic base sees what's out there, the money is starting to come in. the obama machine is saying they
are up to 45% give or take of their haul, 70-80 million. from donors, $250 or less. that's what they like to highlight. they still have a lot of bundlers out there raising 500 600 million at a time and a super fundraiser coming up in new york city. he has made trips to new york and california, atms virtually for democratic candidates. he has a disadvantage in super pac money. there are a lot of chess pieces and moving parts but it is looking good. >> the white house reporter of polit co. >> thank you. >> the price of gas. the who would have expxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxpxp the newest voice in cable news is on the new news network. >>it is an independent progressive voice and i love
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try to push his son out of the company. sheriff arpaio and rush limbo doubles down. first the student who wanted her georgetown insurance to cover her birth control is, quote >> highest price of a will golon of goes 2008 whose fault was it? the republicans side obama because he would not commit to wholesale drilling. but it droped to 1.61 by his
inauguration and it's up to 3.62 and the republicans say president obama. while the president spent time rebutting the republican talking points on gas and oil former president clinton was buying into them. this president called out republicans on their attempt to play politics with gas debunking the myth that more oil drilling would lower prices in american. >> under my administration america is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. that is a fact. that's a fact. under my administration we have a near record number of oil riggs operating right now. more operating oil and gas riggs than the rest of the world combined. if anybody tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn't know what they are talking about or are not telling you the truth. >> cue the candidates begging for the x l pipeline.
>> when someone says do you want to bring in a pipeline that will create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil from canada, how in the world could you say no? >> only one independent study into the jobs indicating the jobs are 2,500 and they are temporary at that. and it would not lower the price of gas but raise it. say they: despite that fact, former president clinton thinks president obama should support the x l. speaking at the department of energy's innovation summit. he spoke as if the pipeline's creation was inevitable. >> the extra cost of running it is infetes malcopair to the revenues generated over a long period of time.
so i think we should embrace it and develop a stake holder-driven system of high standards for doing the work. >> joining me the reporter for talking points memo. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> any idea where bill clinton is coming from? >> there is the polit willical question and the policy question. the dirty secret of the democratic party though well is a big partisan fight about key stone, there is only a segment of the democratic party that is ruly truly opposed to developing key stone. the obama administration before it became a major issue thought it would sail through and they were basically set to do the same thing and then it turned into a big issue among environmentalists and they found a good cause to at least delay
it. but only by a few months. this puts bill clinton on the side of obama's mind and not his actions. obama himself learning transcanada might start a u.s. only segment that doesn't have to cross the canadian border said great, more power to them. that is consistent with his broader policy on energy as he said in that clip, has resulted in the production of more oil than we have seen in this country eight years. >> why are people still behind key stone x l. but the amount of jobs number has been knocked down so many times the companies have lowered their estimates by 70 or 80%. there was a scandal over the approval process in canada and the u.s. and a report saying rising the price of the oil in 20-cents. why are there people behind it?
it has to do with the money they would get out of it. >> putting new oil increasing supply can reduce global fuel prices tariff -- tariff dr. madhukar dr. madhukar triviay. to the extent it's true at all is trivia and takes years and years. you have to build the pipeline and refine the oil and send it around to massive markets in india and china and it's not like we get all that oil and gasoline. so, you know, for republicans they can sort of make this connection if only obama did this one thing that involved
sucking more fossil fuels out of the ground your prices would be lower, but it's not true. >> the economists and the specialists in the price and distribution of oil point to the fact that speculators force the price up. in the absence of a middle eastern crisis, it's speck speculators that do that. why is that point not being pounded by the president even if he is not behind it? >> i think the president is trying to say there is nothing he as president or the government can do to lower fuel prices in the united states. they are going of going up around the world and can't do anything about that either. that's the tact he is taking. democratic members of congress, on the other hand, are will haaring away at oil speculators.
one, to the extent we have control over oil speculators and the other thing is that the speculators may be envisioning a flare up in iran can drive up the cost of oil is a symptom of the restraint of supply and isn't going away with key stone and the saudis and our own oil production hasn't been able to overcome. there is a problem that even if oil prices are higher than they should be, there is little the market can do to respond to that to drive them back down. of -- whether it makes political sense for obama to handle it that way i can see a case for that, but he wants to take a more high-minded view that anything anybody says are
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>> more calls close in on more murdochs. donald deac slayton one of the mercury astronauts after the announcement he was discovered to have a heart mur mur and doctors said he couldn't go into space and he was assigned to flight crew selection. in 1972 another medical exam showed years of rehab had eliminated the mur mur. at the age of 51, he became the youngest rookie astronaut
piloting the apollo-soyuz. >> we start with human dop nos and that goes ha one down. they are attempting to break the record of 550 human dominoes. it went on for a few minute until down go 850. the mattresses were donated by simmons. they are going for the bounceoth mattress record. one at a time. if you don't have 849 friends you have to have your owndomy nos record, here we have a man attempting for the most dominoes pizza boxes jumped over. the can only assume jumping over one would set the record. but 10, that is too easy and
works up to 20, which i assume stands the record until he tries 21. finally, it comes earlier every year world sword swallowers day in los angeles. not only in l.a. but the world over spent this day -- this can't be right shoving swords down their throat. everybody had a great time except for the epidemic of sore throats. time marchs on. don't try that at home. stock holders tried to push james it's super tuesday with live coverage and analysis from keith olberman. a special edition. countdown, super tuesday, with keith olberman. only on current tv. brought to you by pradaxa.
>> rupert murdoch will have to testify in the uk. stock holders are looking to push james murdoch out and another senior murdoch staffer has been jailed. rupert's grip on things continues to loosen. james' announcement he is stepping down may not be the end of things: at last year's annual meeting 35% voted against james
murdoch's election to the board. according to one senior executive the younger's days may be limited: all of this comes as the report that rupert murdoch will be called to publicly testify in late april or early may. the american correspondent for the guardian joins me now. when they had the vote it was thought if they got 10% against that this would be a major statement of opposition to his continuing involvement and they got 35%. is that an indication that he might be ousted from the inside? >> it is far worse than 35%.
it is just the murdoch vote nearly 70% of independent share holders. the problem is there is a dual voting system and the family controls the company. the share holders ousting james through a vote is limited. it is a sign of something much more important is a growing mood within the company and people around getting more and more anxious and angry. >> do they have the ear of those running the organization? is it possible there would be a purnl of murdochs -- purge of murdochs from within. >> it will be difficult because of the voting structure that gives the family control. we are starting to see the development of a new generation of potential leaders for the
company. and followed around him this inner core of legal experts and advisors like joel cline is becoming increasingly important. this is a new generation of nah-murdoch people who want to see it run like a corporation rather than a family business with the favoritism and turning a blind eye to stuff going on. >> the meaning of murdoch testifying beyond the fact they will ask questions again and we saw in the hearing last summer, anything can happen when he sits down to answer questions. the is there a specific meaning and import to this inquiry that was not there in the parlimentary one? >> yes. the phrase they are using who guards the guardians? a phrase we like at the guardian. it goes to the heart of what the
story is b. it's not about phone hacking or computer technology, it's about power and who weilds the power. the feeling that rupert murdoch has come into the country in the last 30 years and ascribed himself and his family around him too much power and telling competition and the public what to do. and that's what the inquiry is edging its way towards. the next inquiry will look at the relationship between the press and politicians and that's when things get interesting. >> to the local question that is in the back of the mind here, did anything this week increase materially the chances that this scandal stands up on its own feet and announces itself in this country? >> absolutely. we heard about a network of corrupted officials in brit yain yain -- britain and arrests of
military and defense officials. it's very serious and goes to the idea of bribery and corruption. and it brings the crisis home to america in a very serious way. that's when the company will get worried. the british newspapers aren't keen on it in the financial aspect, what matters is the tv operations. >> thank you for coming in and sharing your perspective. >> thank you. >> did rush limbaugh just call his wife, ex-wifes and mother, it's super tuesday with live coverage and analysis from keith olberman. >>that's what we're here for. a special edition. countdown, super tuesday, with keith olberman. only on current tv.
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>> for today just foolish and embarrassing towards latino, today he became a crackpot. the joe arpaio saga. a federal judge in montana will under go >> did you know that sheriff joe arpaio of arizona is paid to enforce laws and stuff he is not just a performance artists performing stunts like he did today. that breaking story nea moment. first, because these two are performing although artist would be exaggerations. for the worst person. the bronze to richard see -- seibold. he admitted he forwarded an
e-mail: he has apologized and said he spent it because he opposed president obama and not that it was racist and say its was racist but he is not racist saying no one has ever implied it. you just did. the runner up, george cleveland of north carolina. of at a hearing on legislation that would shred early childhood education he announced quote we have nobody in the state of north carolina living in extreme poverty. that is income level below half of the poverty line. when told 779,000 north carolinaians lived in extreme poverty, he said it was a result of a government agency perpetuating a poverty class. extreme poverty is this way
5,570 or less or a family of four with an income of 11,000 or less. they are weekly incomes of 107 for an individual and 215 for a family of four. our winner comedian rush limbaughful we know his schtick it's being an on air sadist against women but his attacks on georgetown university law student crossed a line. particularly when it comes to revealing his own sexual desires and preferences. he repeated his assault on miss fluke who was refused to testify on a birth control hearing because she represented a case in which her group insurance plan did not include group birth control because it was run by a catholic institution and she said she and others had to pay
1,000 out of their own pockets. he called her a slut. >> what does that make her? it makes her a slut, right? makes her a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. she is having so much sex she can't afford the cont cent ision. >> he went further and believes because she wants insurance to cover some of her birth control prescriptions he is inn titled to watch her have sex. >> so miss fluke and the rest of yow feminazis, if we are going to pay for your cont cent isives and pay for you to have sex we want something for it. and i'll tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos on-line so we can all watch. >> thank you for sharing your fantasies with us, mr. limbaugh. getting back to will calling her a slut and prostitute because he wants part of her birth control covered by insurance. if your wife has ever used birth
control and didn't pay for it 100% out of her pocket or previous wife didn't pay 100% or your second wife used birth cop troll and didn't pay 100% or seventy-first wife and didn't pay for it or if your mother mili used birth control and didn't pay for it be bon hundred%, by your own definition what does that make them? rush limbaugh what may have called his own mother that name. today's worst person in the
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>> the gop candidate his yet to be decided it is aa assumed that obama is the democratic candidate unless arizona sheriff joey arpaio has his way. a group of five former law enforcement officials and retired attorneys seeking to prove that the president was not born in this country and is not eligible -- you know the story. >> on close examaination of the evidence we are prepared to say today, we believe probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed. >> and went on to present their evidence using a very loose
interpretation of the word. he has this evening told a local radio station he may assign some of his own detectives to work this case, which would be using taxpayer money for birtherism. the investigation began last august, he continually pointed out mow taxpayer money was involved. it was presented to arpaio signed by 250 members by the suris prize airgses tea party. surprise! your idiots. some say it is to divert attention from his own legal troubles. when ramos interviewed him he broke the bad news to him. >> to many latinos you are the face of racism and discrimination. >> i never had any problems with a latino. they lovey -- love me.
>> you are maybing fun of me -- making fun of me. they don't love you. vispoken to many and they are telling me this, that for them you are the face of racism. >> we have comedian christian finnegan in. joe arpaio is the right man for the birtherisms. >> the easiest media get in america. i love the part at one point in the press conference said i just cannot in good conscience obama, i really wanted to believe him. a statement under cut by his visible erection. i'm joking, he can't achieve recognition. >> and can't see him from where we are standing.
he is investigating obama and obama's justice department is investigating hip. him. did he think people would not notice this extraordinary coincidence? >> listen, the way i think about it, my father is around that age retirement needs a hobby collect stamps or get into the bird watching or takedown governments. just get out there and mingle. if it keeps hims busy. >> i have been thinking it is entertaining because this man had the pink uniforms for the convicts and he has been something you point at as peopling walking outside when it's 120 degrees, look at them they are going to melt. look they have an idiot sheriff. you use taxpayer money it
becomes an impeachable offense. >> he has been the naked cowboy. >> excellent. >> it does seem strange. how much money are we talking about? just the depend its takes for the retireees he hires to form this possie or kiki vandeweghes vandeweghe -- cookies or catering. >> poll suggest where he would spend the money, he says polls show over half the country is demanding that looks into the -- congress looks into the birtherring issue. >> you have to consider his narrow view of what constitutes an american. taken during the early bird at a cracker barrale i'm surprised it wasn't taken higher. >> he invited steven segal to break up a cockfighting ring and
they killed a pupy and 100 roosters. this was not the raid and didn't get the hostages out. >> the scourge of the run away roosters, i'm glad somebody handled that. i like how they act he is going out on busts. eight guys with guns and let's take that old dude out with us. if you are going to be seen as steven segal, it's a disqual identification, he can't get on celebrity apprentice. >> and pink out fits for the inmates and he is selling replicas of them? >> i will say most of the time when you hear of a conservative under wear, they are more of a form fitting t-back actionful the under wear are comfortable, i'm wearing them right now.